Engineer - Software Defined Radio

Want to invent the future of the Space Industry? You have come to the right place. We fundamentally believe that our PocketQubes can radically transform the ability for small groups to design, build and launch their own spacecraft. We need super ambitious, driven and bright minds to make this a reality.

Alba Orbital/PocketQube Shop is the world leader in PocketQube satellites and is one of the UK’s most innovative companies. We are looking to add an RF Engineer, with an emphasis on Software Defined Radio design, to our small, highly driven team. You will be tasked with designing two brand new Radios for PocketQubes (L-Band and S-band)). This position would best suit an early stage engineer with preferably a Master’s Degree or PhD and ideally some industrial experience.


  • Delivery of Radio’s to in-orbit validation stage for our first demonstration mission

  • Design of two Radio, L-Band and S-Band

  • Testing Radio subsystems

  • Design and qualify product to suitable environmental standards

The candidate must demonstrate

  • Experience working with GNU Radio

  • Knowledge of Object Oriented or Scripting languages such as C, C++, Python, MATLAB or Perl

  • Track record of delivering effective electronics projects from design to production

  • Software Defined Radio (SDR-RTL) Experience

  • Willingness to continuously learn and overcome any obstacle put in their way

  • Innovation, Perseverance and a Genuine knowledge of and passion for Startups

  • EU or Schengen area Citizenship

Preferable Experience

  • Digital design

  • Embedded system design

  • Communication protocols  (I2C, SPI, CAN, UART, …)

  • Basic SW skills (C, python, scripting, linux)

  • Experience working on a Cubesat/Ham Radio License

  • Space Industry Experience


£19,000 per annum, 11 Month contract based in Glasgow, position to fill ASAP. Please email Portfolio, CV and Covering letter to: